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JNJ Challenges ‘CAF License C’ Candidates

first_imgThe man who talks, breathes and eats soccer, Josiah N. Johnson, yesterday challenged 28 candidates who are participating in the on-going ‘CAF License C’ seminar to be prepared to make a difference in Liberian football.He told them, “In football, if you win you’re a hero and when you lose you are condemned.”However, since the participants are very young, which is contrary to the practice around the sub-region, he urged them to demonstrate their willingness to accept instruction to become better coaches.The seminar, which began on April 20 will end on May 10, and it is being handled by CAF Elite Coach Instructors Francis Tamba and Henry Brown.“In Europe,” Coach Johnson said, “if you look at the coaches they are people who are in their 50s and 60s.”“Actually, national coaches are people who are older,” the man known as Masayo, said, “and the reason is that they are more experienced and are able to provide fatherly advice to the players.”Masayo, who was appointed as head coach of Lone Star in 1986, said it was due to Lone Star’s victory at the 6-Nations Tournament in Liberia that the late President William Tolbert was impressed to start the blueprint for what became known as the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.“What you must learn and be able to offer your players,” Johnson said, “are the fundamentals, including discipline and psychology to serve as solid foundation for their upbringing.”Masayo told the coaches that when he was in Germany, one of his instructors said if he had known about the challenges in football coaching, he would have become a boxing coach instead.“Because if a boxer fails to adhere to his training principles,” he said, “the athlete is the one who will absorb the pains in a bout.”He urged the coaches to make the work of CAF Assessors Tamba and Brown beneficial by absorbing all they could from the seminar and must be mentally, physically and technically inclined to go forward to be the new advocates for the improvement of Liberian football.At the program yesterday, individual coaches carried out oral presentation of what they have learned so far.Meanwhile in a communication from CAFDirector of Football Development Abdel Moneim Hussein-Shatta confirmed that both Francis Tamba and Henry Brown are “CAF Elite Coaching Instructors” with the criteria and competency to conduct and assess C coaching locally and abroad.CAF confirmed that “it will approve the results of the assessment signed by them.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Row over US$200,000: Police Threaten To Desert ‘Ebola Fight’

first_imgMore than 1000 officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP), who are assigned from different units to augment the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. say they are dissatisfied with what they described as ‘unfair’ distribution of the US$200,000, allocated to them by the government for the exercise. As such, tension is reportedly brewing among the LNP officers to the extent that some personnl on active duty have threatened to go slow or abandon their respective assignments. Of the more than 1000 officers on duty, 250 are assigned with the police support unit (PSU), 250 with the patrol division; 150 with the emergency response unit (ERU); 75 leeward; 50 Police Support Division (PSD); 50 traffic officers, 25 intelligence officers (plain clothes). while the rest are top brass (administration). As per the division of this money, the officers said, they were supposed to receive US$50 each day while on duty for at least one month.   The officers, who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity, said they are being denied their fair share of the US$200,000 allocated to the police hierarchy for the fight against the Ebola. According to some of the officers, particularly those assigned with the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), their superiors – including the deputies for administration and operations (commissioned officers) – only on one occasion divided US$50 among them for the ‘operations.’“Since we received the first amount of the US$50 from the office of police operations (102), we are yet to get anything further to empower us effectively do the work. Therefore, we have resolved to go slow, because our lives are being put at risk as well,” the irritated officers threatened.The disgruntled officers have also disclosed that since Monday of this week, they have complained of lack of fuel for their assigned vehicles to patrol the city, but to no avail. To this allegation, police spokesman, Sam Collins, promised to call the Observer reporter back and address the matter. But up to press time last night, he did not return the call. Attempts by this paper the whole of yesterday to get comment from the LNP deputy for operations, Abraham Kromah, did not materialize as his phone line returned a busy signal throughout the day. Similarly, the deputy for administration, William K. Mulbah, could not be reached throughout the whole of yesterday up to press time. In a related development, the director of police, C. Clarence Massaquoi, has commended the United States Embassy near Monrovia for sourcing urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the police.At a recent news conference, Director Massaquoi said the materials which the U.S. Embassy has already negotiated for are due in the country ‘very soon.’ He then thanked some local business entities for providing assistance to the LNP to support its role in the fight to bring the spread of the Ebola virus under control.Items those business entities donated to the LNP include 250 gallons of fuel, one gallon of chlorine, 12 spray cans, 100 bags of rice (25kg each) and 75 cartons of frozen foods.Meanwhile, Col. Massaquoi has appealed to Liberians and friends of Liberia to heed to the call of the National Task Force and join in the fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LRA Nabs ‘Forgery’ Suspect

first_imgThe Monrovia City Court on Tuesday charged a 25-year-old man identified as Ben Sonni with forgery, counterfeiting and criminal conspiracy, reportedly committed against the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The City Court on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, charged suspect Ben Sonni and sent him to the Monrovia Central Prison, pending court trial, while his partner in crime, identified only as Lawrence, remains at large.Sonni was charged for “knowingly, intentionally and criminally” conspiring with Lawrence and others to produce, print, and sell fake job forms purported to be from the LRA for their personal gains. Their action violates Section 15.70, Subchapter ‘E’and Section 10.4 of the Penal Code of Liberia, the release said.Sonni, who is a casual worker at the National Port Authority (NPA), was arrested recently by the Liberia Seaport Police and authorities of the LRA following a tipoff.Meanwhile, the LRA has advised the public that the Authority does not and will never sell any forms for jobs. “The public is therefore requested to please take note and be guided accordingly,” the LRA said in a statement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Coroner issues plea on eve of cold snap as inquest finds man died from alcohol and hypothermia

first_imgA coroner has issued a plea to the public to help homeless people if they can as Ireland faces into another freezing cold snap.Dr. Denis McCauley, coroner for County Donegal, issued the plea following the inquest of a man in Buncrana. The inquest found that Mariusz Ejdys, aged 33, died as a result of alcohol poisoning with hypothermia a likely complicating factor.Mariusz, who was a carpenter originally from Poland, was found in an abandoned building on November 24th, 2016.Mariusz Ejdys had come to Ireland in 2007 and was joined by his brother Lukas a few months later.Lukas told the inquest at Buncrana Courthouse how he hadn’t been able to contact him for a week and was worried.The late Muriusz EjdysHe contacted Gardai and then went to look for him and a friend told him about an old mill where he said Mariusz would go to drink.It was there he made the grim discovery of his brother’s body lying on the ground in the disused mill.He said he knew he was not alive, was cold to touch and didn’t respond when he had touched him.The inquest was told that a Garda investigation found that Mariusz Ejdys had left the house he was staying in because he was told he could only stay if he was off alcohol.A toxicology report found a level of 482mg of alcohol in his blood.Coroner Dr McCauley said that Mr Ejdys was homeless but healthy, he had worked but alcohol forced his life downhill.He said he wanted to issue a plea to the public on the eve of another cold snap, to do what they can for homeless people.He added that people who found themselves homeless often had other issues such as addiction but that people should be cogniscant if that and if we can help them in any way we should.Coroner issues plea on eve of cold snap as inquest finds man died from alcohol and hypothermia was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacoronerdonegalinquestlast_img read more

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Real Madrid manager call press conference with Zidane, sparking quit rumours

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon, sparking speculation over his future.The Frenchman will make an announcement in front of assembled media at the club’s training ground at 1pm, the club have revealed. Zinedine Zidane could be on his way out at Real Madrid 1center_img Zidane – one of the greatest players of his generation – has enjoyed remarkable success in his three years in charge of the Spanish giants.He has led them to an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League triumphs, with their latest European victory sealed last weekend when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2017/18 final in Kiev.Zidane has also won LaLiga, as well as two World Club Cups and two UEFA Super Cups, during his time as Real boss.But there has been speculation over his future, with Real having finished third in LaLiga this season, 17 points behind winners and bitter rivals Barcelona.A Real Madrid statement read: “Zinedine Zidane will appear before members of the press today, Thursday 31st May, at 1:00pm CEST in the Real Madrid City press room.“Members of the press wishing to attend the event must do so bearing the relevant professional accreditation or that of their company at the entrance of Real Madrid City, from 12:00pm CEST.”last_img read more

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Jail beds are added in effort to end sleeping on floors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Now there won’t be any more floor-sleepers; we’re sure of that,” said Jody Kent, jails coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. But a lawyer representing inmates in a federal lawsuit against the county over the floor-sleeping issue said he believed the problem continues. “We still get letters from people who say they’ve been left to sleep on the floor,” attorney Steve Yagman said. “I hope they do put an end to it, but it’s not true that it’s ended,” he said. Klugman said the Sheriff’s Department also hopes to reduce its controversial early release program. In the past three years, about 200,000 inmates serving time for nonviolent crimes were released early, most after serving only 10 percent of their sentences. CASTAIC – Extra beds have allowed jailers to stop forcing inmates to sleep on the floor, a practice that led to a class-action lawsuit, officials said. For more than a year, some inmates at Los Angeles County jails had been sleeping on mattresses on the floor because of crowding, but that ended last month, said sheriff’s Chief Marc Klugman, who oversees the jail system. About 500 beds were added by the recent reopening of a wing of the Castaic jail that was closed three years ago because of budget woes. Sheriff’s officials said they hoped to free up 800 more beds by working with state officials to get convicted inmates moved to state prisons more quickly. “I’m going to do everything I can to move these prisoners as fast as I can to help alleviate the pressure they’re feeling,” said Joe McGrath, chief deputy secretary of adult operations for the state Department of Corrections. Klugman said that he hopes prisoners now will serve at least 25 to 30 percent of their sentences. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wallen Named Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week

first_imgWallen, a defensive back for the Drake football team, became the first Bulldog since 2010 to record two interceptions in a game, which helped Drake beat Campbell, 33-21, on Saturday, Oct. 29. His first interception was returned for 58 yards to set up the Drake offense at the 17-yard line, ultimately leading to a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. About Drake Graduate & Professional ProgramsDrake University offers graduate and professional programs in business, law, health care, leadership, education, public administration, counseling, executive education, and communication. At Drake, students discover proven outcomes, flexible scheduling for working professionals, and career advancement. Learn more about how Drake’s graduate and professional programs can take your career to the next level at www.drake.edu/graduate Print Friendly Version Wallen and the football team travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on Jacksonville University on Nov. 5. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CDT. Terry Wallen, a junior from Brookfield Wis., has been named this week’s Bulldog Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by Drake Graduate and Professional Programs. center_img He also recorded three tackles, one of them a solo tackle, and handled punt return duties, resulting in two returns for 31 yards. Academically, Wallen holds a 3.61 grade point average and is majoring in finance in the College of Business and Public Administration.last_img read more

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Information evening to take place for Dyspraxia awareness in Donegal

first_imgThe newly-formed Donegal Dyspraxia Support group will hold a public information evening this week in Inishowen.Local parents, teachers, SNAs and health professionals are invited to attend the event on Wednesday 28th March 7-9pm in The Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin.The information evening will hear from Harry Conway CEO of Dyspraxia Ireland and 17-year-old Sarah Ann, and teen from Dublin who will discuss Dyspraxia and anxiety. The evening is being organised by Carndonagh mother Alison Doherty, who seeks to develop a greater understanding of the disorder following her seven-year-old son’s diagnosis.Speaking to Donegal Woman last week, Alison said: “Ryan was diagnosed in October and when I explained to family and friends etc not many knew what I was talking about. That’s when I thought, wait something needs to be done here, and that’s how it started.“I thought I cannot wait on someone else to contact Dyspraxia Ireland for me so I did it myself they are absolutely amazing.” Alison hopes to get Donegal on the map of Dyspraxia Ireland Support Groups, where there is a clear lack of groups in the North West. She hopes that this week’s event and the new Facebook group can result in a supportive community being formed locally.Dyspraxia is a Developmental Coordination Disorder affecting motor coordination in children and adults. The common disorder varies in every person, and can affect everyday life skills in education, work and employment.Commonly known as the ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’, Dyspraxia symptoms can include poor balance, poor fine and gross motor co-ordination, difficulty with exercise and problems with reading, writing and speech.There is no cure for Dyspraxia/DCD, but occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and extra help at school can all assist children with coping or overcoming many of the difficulties they face.The Donegal Dyspraxia meeting will be a unique opportunity for people to get information about the disorder and meet with Harry Conway, in the hope of creating further awareness and support across the entire region.Check out the Donegal Dyspraxia Support Group on Facebook here For more information on Dyspraxia, visit www.dyspraxia.ie Information evening to take place for Dyspraxia awareness in Donegal was last modified: March 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dyspraxiainformation eveninglast_img read more

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Web2.0: Tagging — a Key Technology set for migration to the Enterprise

first_imgThe Pew Internet and America Life Project Survey reported in December that 28% of Internet users have used Web 2.0 tagging features and 7% use tagging on a daily basis.  Tagging or Folksonomy is a method that lets users apply labels to web content, particularly photos and videos, for classifying content and for speeding up searches to later find content.  The report jokes “Forget Dewey and his Decimals”, Web 2.0 is revolutionizing content search.Tagging is less systematic and all-inclusive than Dewey’s system, but it’s proved to be very effective.  In some ways tagging is like the next-generation jump from Newtonian to Quantum mechanics.  Quantum statistics improved the precision and ability of the types of phenomena that could be accurately modeled.The internet attracts huge numbers of users who can collectively throw darts in many directions in order to solve a problem.  In the case of tagging, one user can take content and can see characteristics relevant to the world view of that person.  That one piece of content could then be tagged in many different ways by different people, and the tag framework supports and encourages the diversity of views.Search based on a rigid classification system can be frustrating.  Consider what happens when you look for a book in a library’s card catalog.  You may not get far if you can’t guess which category a book has been designated.  Seek out the reference librarian for help.  The same is true in the enterprise — experienced and trained records managers are often needed to conclusively located a piece of information.  With tags, it’s likely someone before you has already tagged the content you’re looking for with a term that is relevant to you, and if not, you can tag it so that the next time you look for it finding it will be a snap.With the rate that tagging is catching on in consumer space, it is destined to become a feature of enterprise applications, and it may importantly supplement more standard classification or records management techniques. Gartner has identified tagging as one of the seven core benefits that have come out of Web 2.0 technologies.  Tagging helps enterprise workers collaborate better and search data and documents that are both internal and external to the organization.last_img read more

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Proto-historic settlement of artisans unearthed

first_img According to Monalisa Rakshit, geo-morphologist who was involved in exploration of the site, river Manikarnaka which now flows as a moribund tunnel very close to the site must have played a crucial role in the settlement.Former Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India Gautam Sengupta, who visited the site on Friday, described it as a “significant excavation” as it reveals the “inner working of the earliest village settlements in Bengal.”“The skill and finesse of the artisans is beyond our imagination. Moreover it tells us what kept the villages going thousands of years ago,” Dr. Sengupta, currently Professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Visva Bharati University.The discovery of the excavation site also has an interesting story.  A large amount of black and red ware pottery (BRW), which signifies a proto historic level of human occupation in different parts of India, has also been found at the site in large quantities. Saptarshi Chowdhury and Bidhan Halder, researchers of the department working at the excavation site, said both coarse and fine varieties of BRW pottery, which appear to be remains of bowls and handis, have been discovered.“Along with BRW, large quantities of other contemporary pottery such as red ware, black ware and buff ware have also been found,” Mr. Halder said.There is evidence of high temperature burning and charcoal deposits at the mud floor of this monocultural site . The cultural deposit, varies from 60 cm to 1.2 metres, at various levels of the 7,700 sq.m. excavation site.“We have found beads made of semi-precious stone like agate, carnelian and chalcedony. Unfinished beads and drills further suggest that craftsmen working at the settlement were not only making these artefacts for local consumption,” Dr. Sanyal, who is director of the Asurdanga excavations, said.  “It was in March 2015 during an exploration of the Mayurakshi-Dwaraka interfluves, we came across this unexplored mound at one end of the village. The legend around the site was very interesting and people kept associating this mound with stories of Mahabharata, as it happens with many ancient archaeological sites across the country,” Dr. Sanyal said.Haripada Bagdi, a local villager, said that his forefathers believed that the mound was associated with Bakasur, a demon slayed by Bhima whose references we get in Mahabharat. About six km from this site there is another archaeologically significant place known as Kotasur and the elderly villager is convinced that there is some link between Asuralay and Kotasur.“Till a few years ago not many villagers would dare to visit the mound called Asurdanga. This could be one of the reasons that the mound was left undisturbed for so many years,” Mr. Bagdi said.Photographs from Asurlay Excavations. The trenches dug at the excavation site, a carnelian bead, small bone tools and a crystal drill.  | Photo Credit: Special arrangement Minute bone and crystal drills of less than 2 cm size used for making beads, different varieties of beads of semi-precious stone, bone points as well as a large number of microlithic tools have been unearthed by archaeologists of the University of Calcutta during a recent excavation at Asuralay village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district.A month-long excavation from the first week of March to April 2018, on a mound, which is about two metres from the surface of the earth, has revealed a proto historic settlement. The initial estimate tells that the settlement could date to the second millennium BC (about 3500 years from the present times).“We have found evidence of raw materials in the form of bones and stones, finished materials like minute stone tools and beads, tools like stone and bone drills used for making these products and several hearths or fire places at the excavation site used for making the tools,” Rajat Sanyal, Head of the Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta told The Hindu.last_img read more

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